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CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS.
FEDERAL — A report from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has cited the inadequate use of hand brakes as the reason the behind the collision and derailment of a train in Alberta last winter.
FEDERAL — In an effort to cut down red tape and reduce the regulatory burden for Canadian laboratories, the federal government has unveiled new biosafety standards and guidelines.
WHITEHORSE — Starting in August, Yukon's Department of Education and Yukon College will offer oil burner mechanic apprenticeship and certification courses in preparation for new regulations that will require only certified journeypersons to be eligible for a permit to install or modify oil-fired appliances in the territory.
NORTH VANCOUVER — A union member at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver was hit by a car after crossing the picket line at the club.
RICHMOND — British Columbia's occupational health and safety watchdog has announced two major deletions to its prevention manual, which contains WorkSafeBC's policy with respect to matters under Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR).
ALLAN — While an investigation by a mining firm into a worker fatality last year in Saskatchewan remained inconclusive, the report highlighted changes that can be made to address the possible contributing factors.
REGINA — Yet another company has jumped onto the bandwagon of Mission Zero, which makes safety the number one priority.
WINNIPEG — A senior citizen has been charged after striking and killing a highway road worker while driving near Winnipeg in 2011.
GUELPH — The excessive speed of a police cruiser, combined with icy roadway conditions, contributed to a collision that claimed the life of an officer in March.
HAMILTON — Two employees with an elevator company in Ontario have been charged with allegedly tampering with a mall escalator during a recent strike.
OTTAWA — The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has filed 20 safety-related charges against Calypso Water Park in connection with a series of incidents that occurred on water slides in 2011 and 2012.
HAMILTON — A taxi driver was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries following an assault in Hamilton, Ontario.
NEWMARKET — The labour ministry in Ontario has fined a garage door company after a worker was killed in a fall.
TORONTO — Almost five years after a deadly explosion at Sunrise Propane in Toronto, the company and its directors have been found guilty.
TORONTO — One of Canada's leading communications companies is accused of illegal labour practices by two interns who worked at Bell Mobility in Mississauga, Ontario last year.
TORONTO — Ontario has released a report a report into the use of 2,4,5-T herbicide or Agent Orange — a herbicide used for weed and brush control by sectors in the province's forestry, transportation and agriculture industries from the 1950s to the 1970s.
HALIFAX — The government of Nova Scotia has passed a bill it says will ensure that people in the province are not put at risk by a labour dispute.
ST. JOHN'S — A fish-harvesting and processing company was fined $40,000 in relation to a workplace incident in 2010.
ST. JOHN'S — Newfoundland and Labrador's largest union is raising the alarm on the potential hazards associated with the use of replacement workers, following recent incidents at the Labatt Breweries of Canada plant in St. John's.
ST. JOHN'S — Steelfab Industries, Ltd. was sentenced on July 26 in connection with a worker injury in January of 2011.
FLAT BAY — A worker with Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Transportation and Works has died following a traffic accident on the Trans-Canada highway.